Rachel Cohen

Austen Years one of LA Times's 10 Great Books That Got Lost in the Noise of 2020

Austen Years one of LA Times039s 10 Great Books That Got Lost in the Noise of 2020

I was delighted to receive this lovely notice in the L.A. Times alongside books by Mieko Kawakami, Charlotte McConaghy, Kate Zambreno, Shirley Hazzard and others:

"In this memoir-essay hybrid, Cohen reads and rereads Jane Austen’s work and tells us not just what it all means but also what it does for us — how the author’s pin-sharp assessments and characters instruct us about the world. There isn’t an ounce of kitsch or flowery claptrap. Instead, Cohen overlays a personal account of grieving her father with the help of Austen’s fiction, emerging with one of the most emotionally astute understandings of the novelist’s work, period."

-- Hillary Kelly